Dental Tips Blog

May
13

Is it Necessary to Get a Crown After a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

You might be tempted to leave your root canal-treated tooth uncapped after the procedure. It doesn’t hurt anymore, so why bother doing anything else?

Capping your tooth after a root canal really isn’t an option – it’s a necessity.

What a Root Canal Does to the Tooth 

A root canal is a procedure where the dentist removes a damaged or infected nerve from the inside of your tooth. The hollowed-out space is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed off with a special material.

The goal of this process is to prevent future infection and tooth pain. But it doesn’t make your tooth invincible.

The root canal actually weakens your tooth from the inside. Despite being filled up afterwards, your tooth can no longer support the chewing force it used to. Without protection, your tooth can crack and fall apart.

Crowns Save Teeth After Root Canals 

Crowns are necessary for teeth with root canals for two reasons: they reinforce weak tooth structure and they seal out bacteria.

Without a crown, your tooth will be even more prone to getting cavities. Just because you might not feel the pain from decay doesn’t mean it can’t still cause serious damage. A dental crown protects your tooth from all sides, giving you a stronger bite and more protection against bacteria.

When to Crown a Tooth After a Root Canal 

Your dentist will want to leave your tooth without a cap for some time to make sure the root canal procedure successful. In the meantime, avoid chewing on that tooth. Schedule your follow-up visits as soon as possible so that you don’t put off the crown appointment any longer than necessary.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-676

May
6

Root Canal or Filling – Which Is Best for a Toothache?

Posted in Root Canals

Most people don’t like to hear that they need a filling, much less a root canal. But dental treatment is essential to warding off pain and keeping our teeth functional.

If you have a toothache, which treatment will you need?

Toothaches can be linked to:

  • Gum recession
  • Fracture or trauma
  • Decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Old dental restorations
  • Nerve damage
  • Gum disease

…And the list goes on! You’ll need to have a dentist take a look to determine what’s going on with your tooth.

But let’s just say there’s a spot on a tooth that you know is decay.

Which is better to treat it: a root canal or filling?

A filling is the first resort for treating a cavity. Usually made from composite resin, a filling replaces the damaged tooth structure and shores up the entire tooth. Getting a restoration helps you keep your tooth alive.

Once your tooth is beyond hope of saving, it’s time to consider root canal therapy.

In a last-resort root canal, your dentist hollows out the core of your tooth and removes the nerve. The tooth is fully cleaned and filled with a special material. You’ll then get everything capped off with a dental crown.

A root canal, unpleasant though it may sound, is the best thing you can do for a tooth that may otherwise need extraction. But if you catch the decay or fracture early enough, a filling alone could be enough to keep your tooth from needing a root canal.

Is your tooth bothering you? Contact a dentist to get it looked at. If you’re lucky, you won’t need a root canal or filling, after all!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Mar
30

Can You Cap a Tooth Without Getting a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

For many people, getting a dental cap goes, well, tooth-in-crown with getting root canal therapy/treatment (RCT).

It’s true that crowns and root canals often come together. But the connection isn’t what you may think. It’s not only possible but very common to get the cap without RCT.

What’s the Connection?

A root canal is a procedure where your dentist removes the damaged nerve from your tooth. This staves off infection and spares you a lot of pain. In place of the nerve, you get a special filling inside your tooth.

Drilling into a tooth for RCT can weaken it. A dental crown helps hold your tooth together and protect it from the forces of biting and chewing.

When to Get Just a Cap for Your Tooth

Crowns replace an outer layer of enamel and dentin of teeth. This makes them a good choice if you want to change the shape or color of a tooth. Crowns provide more complete coverage than fillings, so if you have a large cavity, capping your tooth may be an ideal solution.

Which Do You Need – Crown or RCT?

If your tooth’s nerve is compromised, then a root canal may be your only option.

Some signs you may need RCT include:

  • Pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to temperature
  • Sensitivity to bite pressure
  • Tooth color darkening

You could have something wrong with your tooth and never realize it. So don’t wait until it hurts to get it checked out! Regular dental visits will help you catch problems before they get out of hand.

Talk with your dentist to find out whether getting a crown now could help you avoid getting a root canal later.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Feb
16

Don’t Ignore That Pimple on Your Gums!

Posted in Root Canals

Any unusual growth on the gums should be looked at right away by a dentist, especially if it hurts. Most blemishes on the skin are linked to blocked pores. But what could cause that strange bump to grow on gum tissue?

Periodontal Abscess

This pocket of pus develops in gums severely affected by gum disease. You may notice a salty taste in your mouth because of the pus along with gum recession.

Dental Abscess

When a cavity reaches the pulp of a tooth, the nerve dies and pus inside the tooth eats its way outside via the root tip and jawbone.

How to Treat an Abscess

The next thing you want to know is how to get rid of a pimple on your gums.

You’ll definitely need a dentist to take a look to determine the cause of the infection. He or she will probably prescribe an antibiotic to start bringing down the swelling. A warm saltwater rinse is good for drawing out debris and soothing pain.

A periodontal abscess is treated with drainage and then thoroughly cleaning out irritants around the tooth. Dental abscesses usually require a root canal to remove the damaged nerve chamber and seal off the tooth against further infection.

In either case, you can avoid getting another abscess by improving your dental hygiene routine. Regular brushing and daily flossing will limit infectious debris in your mouth. Lots of fluoride will strengthen enamel against cavities.

Have you noticed an odd bump on your gums that wasn’t there last week? Don’t waste any more time – that “pimple” could spell out serious trouble for your smile. Call your dentist to plan a consultation, pronto.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Oct
16

What Makes My Teeth So Sensitive?

Posted in Root Canals

Dental hypersensitivity can have a number of causes. A combination of factors, in some cases. To figure out what’s going on with your teeth, it helps to get a little background info.

Anatomy Of A Sensitive Tooth

All teeth have hollow chambers in their centers. These spaces are filled with blood vessels and loads of nerves. The nerves pick up on temperatures via fluid-filled pores that fill the dentin (middle layer). These pores are insulated on the outside by the outer layer, the enamel. Enamel only covers the top portion of the tooth that’s visible when you smile. Tooth roots don’t have that protection.

How Teeth Get Sensitive

Those tiny nerves in teeth become more exposed to the outside world through two main ways:

  • Enamel is compromised
  • Roots are exposed

Enamel can be damaged or worn via acid erosion, fracture, decay, or simply years of use. Sensitive roots can be exposed as a result of orthodontic treatment, a bad bite, aggressive tooth brushing, or gum inflammation. Some other possible causes of sensitivity include getting a new filling, losing all or part of a restoration, and receiving a blow to your tooth.

What You Can Do About Sensitivity

You may be able to pinpoint a specific area of sensitivity. Or maybe not! It’s possible to suffer this complaint in a generalized way. Start out by taking your meals and drinks neither too hot nor too cold. Switch to a fluoride-rich desensitizing toothpaste to fortify your enamel.

Most importantly, see your dentist ASAP. Some sensitivity can indicate a serious nerve problem that requires root canal therapy. Whatever the case, you’ll get some practical advice and suggestions to help you get relief!

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Oct
8

3 Signs You Will Probably Need a Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure in which a dentist empties a tooth of bacteria and a dying nerve. Doing so heads off a potentially dangerous infection, relieves pain, and saves your tooth to avoid an extraction.

If you notice any of the following problems with your teeth, there’s a possibility you might need a root canal:

  1. Discoloration

A dark-colored tooth can indicate that there is nerve damage on the inside. Darkening could be a result of either trauma or decay. Some teeth change color after an injury but don’t always need root canal treatment. If your tooth starts to turn gray or brown, it’s a good idea to get it checked out.

  1. Swelling/Pus

When a tooth’s nerve starts to break down, the infection will try to escape the tooth. The only way out is through the channel that leads out the root tip. The infection then invades the surrounding bone tissue and eats away a small hole. As a result, you can end up with an oozing abscess on your gums near the tip of your root.

  1. Temperature And Pressure Sensitivity

If you have one tooth in particular that you can’t even chew on, then its nerve could be in jeopardy. An infection inside the tooth will put a lot of pressure on it from the inside, making it extremely sensitive.

See your dentist anytime you suspect something is off. But a dangerous nerve problem can crop up painlessly. That’s why it’s so important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis. This is how you stay on top of dental problems and anticipate the need for treatment such as root canals.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Sep
29

Will I Need a Root Canal if I Have My Crown Re-done?

Posted in Root Canals

Maybe your dentist suggested that you update your crown. Or, perhaps you want to change it out because you’re unhappy with the look.

Dental crowns are wonderful things. They protect a tooth from all angles and restore its strength that may have been lost to decay or a fracture. But anytime a tooth is capped, it loses a bit of its structure. That’s just the way it is in order to properly fit a crown.

Whenever an old crown is replaced, there is a small chance that the tooth may need root canal (endodontic therapy). Root canals are separate (though often related) procedures in relation to crowns. You need a crown after getting a root canal, but you don’t always need endodontic therapy when getting a dental crown.

A root canal is a procedure in which your dentist removes the nerve from inside the roots of your tooth. Root canals sound scary, but they aren’t that bad. If anything, they usually bring relief to a tooth in pain.

There are three main reasons you may need root canal treatment after having an old crown removed:

  1. There is advanced decay infecting the tooth under the crown
  2. The tooth’s nerve chamber is breached during the process of getting a new crown
  3. There is so little tooth structure left that breaching the nerve chamber is virtually inevitable

If any of those situations apply to you, there’s little you can do to anticipate it. You’ll have to visit your dentist for x-rays and an exam to see how your current crown is holding up.

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave Suite D
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478

Sep
27

3 Signs You Need a Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

“I love getting root canals!”…said no one, ever.

But despite their bad rap, root canals today are far more comfortable than in years past. In fact, most people who’ve gotten a root canal will assert that it was nowhere near as bad as they expected.

Today’s dentistry is making root canals faster, more effective, and more comfortable every year.

If you wind up needing endodontic therapy, be assured that it won’t feel much different from getting a regular filling.

So why might you need a root canal, anyway? Here are three things you yourself may notice which could indicate the necessity of such treatment:

  1. Lingering pain and sensitivity

An abscessed tooth will usually present itself with a lot of pain. You may notice discomfort particularly when you put pressure on the tooth, such as when biting.

Temperature can trigger sensitivity even in healthy teeth. But if your tooth throbs for a while after the temperature stimulus is gone, that could be a sign of an infected tooth nerve that needs root canal treatment.

  1. Your tooth is turning dark

When the nerve chamber inside your tooth gets damaged, it can turn dark as it dies. A root canal is the best option for removing the dead tissue and staving off infection.

  1. Swelling on your gums

A pimple-like bump on the outside of your gums next to a tooth could be the exit point of an abscess that needs a root canal.

Only an experienced dentist could tell you for sure whether or not you need a root canal. So call to schedule a checkup if you suspect any dental problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Alluvial Dental Center
1875 E Alluvial Ave
Fresno, CA 93720
559-325-0700

Jun
9

Can You Get a Cavity After A Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

A root canal is when your dentist takes out the nerve of a tooth and replaces it with a filling material. Doing this can either relieve an infection or prevent one from happening.

After your root canal, your tooth shouldn’t have any more sensation. It’s protected by a strong crown, and will continue to work like any other tooth.

Your tooth with the root canal also has the same risk of getting a cavity, just like any other tooth. Why? Because bacteria can leak in at the margin where the crown meets the tooth. But does it really matter now that it no longer has a nerve?

Cavity After A Root Canal – Why Dangerous?

You know how cavities can get really sensitive? Because a tooth with a root canal is no longer alive, you probably won’t feel anything if that tooth gets a cavity.

If you don’t feel the decay and can’t see it because it’s under the crown, it can continue until your tooth is too damaged to even support a crown.

You got the root canal to preserve your natural tooth, but once decay takes over, you may have to get it pulled, anyway.

Protect Your Root Canal

Have you recently had a root canal? Congratulations on getting that out of the way!

But don’t forget that your work is far from over.

Make sure you brush and floss each tooth daily, even the ones with root canals. Visit your dentist regularly for x-rays and exams so that you can keep a close eye on how that root canal is holding up.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Jan
30

Root Canal Therapy – What Is It?

Posted in Root Canals

A “root canal” affects the inside of your tooth’s root, which contains a channel of nerves and blood supply.

When a cavity or fracture gets too deep, this can trigger an infection in the pulp of your tooth. The bacteria travel down the canal to escape the tooth, resulting in an abscess along the tip of the root.

At this point, your tooth can never be completely clean and strong on its own. Your dentist will recommend root canal therapy (RCT) to remove the infection and seal off the nerve chamber.

What to Expect From a Root Canal Procedure

Your dentist will first take an x-ray to determine the extent of the cavity. After careful treatment planning, the dentist will administer anesthesia and open up a small hole through the top of your tooth. He or she will use a file to reach as deep into the root to remove infected tissues.

The next step is cleaning and shaping the root canal with special tools and irrigators. Once that’s done, it’s time to pack the empty spaces with a filling material that helps guard against the roots developing another infection.

Finally, your tooth will need a crown to protect it, as the loss of the nerve can weaken its structure.

Does RCT Hurt?

You might be surprised to learn that having a root canal doesn’t hurt any more than getting a filling.

Sure, root canals come with a reputation for pain, but the untreated infection is one of the biggest reasons why. You now have access to multiple options and medication for making your dental procedures as comfortable as you please.

Do you suspect you need root canal therapy? Contact your dentist for more information and to schedule an evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Nautical Dental
16414 San Pedro Ave #200
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 499-0009

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